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When amateur officials think they’re more important than boxers it’s a sad state of affairs

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Michael Conlan following his defeat to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia in 2016

Michael Conlan following his defeat to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia in 2016

Joe Joyce shows his dejection after after defeat in the men's super-heavyweight final in Rio

Joe Joyce shows his dejection after after defeat in the men's super-heavyweight final in Rio

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Michael Conlan following his defeat to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia in 2016

The independent report into the murky world of amateur boxing and in particular the Rio 2016 Olympic tournament was damning and the outrage was understandable — but the questions hanging in the air are, will it make any difference in the long term and what will stop what was going on in the past with referees and judges not happening again?

The only way I can see that amateur boxing is not dragged back into the gutter is to have an independent body constantly overseeing the working of the governing body. Just look at the boxing tournament at the Olympics. The International Olympic Committee felt they had to run it after what happened in Rio in 2016 and I thought overall the judging and refereeing was very fair — just what you would expect.

If boxing is to remain in the Olympics it would come as no surprise to me if the IOC insisted on the same set-up come Paris in 2024. Apart from that, in light of the report, I think AIBA needs to be monitored, at least for a number of years to make sure that the right people are in place, making the right decisions so never again are boxers having their dreams crushed by skulduggery.


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